Expired certificate bricks all of Oculus's Rift VR headsets
All of Oculus's Rift headsets faced several hours of downtime after an expired certificate apparently soft-bricked all the Rift VR headsets. The issue was first reported on Reddit where users expressed concerns over their inability to launch the software on the devices which were left pretty much unusable. However, several hours later, Oculus did admit the problem and has now issued a patch.
Oculus co-founder confirmed that an issue affected Rift headsets
We're aware of an issue affecting Rift on PC, and we're working on resolving now. Stay tuned.— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) March 7, 2018
What caused the bricking of all the Rift VR headsets?
The root cause behind the soft-bricking of Rift headsets seems to be an expired certificate which Oculus failed to update timely. This embarrassing development comes days after Oculus's announcement that the company would continue to deliver major software updates for its devices. Since the issue affected all of the Rift VR headsets, it left several games and other commercial users disappointed.
Oculus releases software patch hours after the outage
After several hours of outage, Oculus did release an official patch to fix the issue that left all the Rift headsets unusable. The patch file, OculusPatchMarch2018.exe, can be downloaded from the company's support page and by following the instructions, one can repair their headsets.